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Intro to 3D Livery Design – Decals for Digital Cars


Release date:2023, February

Author: Davide Virdis

Skill level:Beginner


Exercise files:Yes

In this online course, you’ll learn how to design and render custom racing car liveries in Blender, as well as create eye-catching decals in Illustrator. This course is perfect for those who want to develop their skills as a 3D artist and express their creativity by crafting the visual aspect of a racing car. Led by Davide Virdis, a classic car enthusiast and automotive media designer who has worked on Maserati’s Fuoriserie customization program and collaborated in the design of McLaren’s F1 livery at Abu Dhabi, you’ll explore the world of motorsport and learn how to design your own liveries in 3D. Get ready to detail your favorite set of wheels to your heart’s content!

What will you learn in this online course?
This course is about learning how to design and render custom racing car liveries in Blender and bring them to life with eye-catching decals in Illustrator. The course is taught by Davide Virdis, an automotive media designer, who will guide you through the process of designing your own 3D racing car livery from scratch. You’ll learn about the history of livery design, choosing a visual direction for your project, modding techniques, designing the car’s components, adding the livery using Illustrator, setting the car in its environment, and rendering out your image. By the end of the course, you’ll have developed your skills as a 3D artist and have a completed project to showcase your work.

What is this course’s project?
Produce a minimum of two refined renders of your livery design using Adobe Illustrator software. The renders should showcase your design in a professional and eye-catching way. Experiment with different lighting, angles, and perspectives to bring out the best of your design. Be sure to pay attention to details and ensure that your final renders are of high quality. These polished renders will demonstrate your ability to apply the techniques learned in the course to create visually appealing designs.

Who is this online course for?
This course is ideal for car enthusiasts who want to develop their 3D illustration skills.

Requirements and materials
You’ll need Blender 3D, Illustrator, Photoshop (ideally with Lightroom), fSpy, and a basic understanding of how they all work.

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